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Beach in St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall UK. Beach in St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall UK.

25 May 2024

Southampton

5 nights

Borealis

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Sample a taste of the Fred. Olsen experience on this five-night sailing over the summer Bank Holiday weekend, visiting destinations chosen for their scenic landscapes, island life and local produce. The benefits of the Isles of Scillys' sub-tropical microclimate can be enjoyed at the wonderful Tresco Abbey Gardens, while a visit to Honfleur is perfect for sampling local camembert and calvados. The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles under German control during World War II; stopping in picturesque St Peter Port offers the chance to uncover this fascinating history on Guernsey. Afterwards, Borealis will take you on a Scenic Discovery among the Channel Islands, rounding off your getaway in style.

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Highlights

The Mannez lighthouse on Alderney

Scenic Southern isles of the UK

Known for their beautiful landscapes and biodiversity, the Isles of Scilly have a sub-tropical microclimate making them popular with nature enthusiasts, and which can be enjoyed at the Tresco Abbey Gardens on the main island of St, Mary’s. As you sail past the isles of Brecqhou, Sark and Alderney, you’ll be accompanied by scenic commentary from our on board team. Guernsey has a unique combination of British and French cultures and traditions, including holding festivals to celebrate the island’s produce. Enjoy  exploring the island in a Land Rover taking you on a personal tour of the scenic lanes and surroundings.

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Tresco Abbey Gardens,  Isles of Scilly, England

Island Way of Life

The islands visited on this cruise have an overriding sense of community within them, as residents come together throughout their daily lives. You’ll be joined on this cruise by Katie and Anthony Court, who will speak about their way of life in Guernsey, where they enjoy hiking, sea swimming and being active Rotarians within their local community. Take the opportunity to explore nature, cycling or kayaking along the coastlines, or discovering the beautiful Tresco Abbey Gardens with a garden guide; and be sure to sample local ice cream in Guernsey, made from the world famous cows milk produced here.

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Old cannon overlooking St Marys

Defending Britain’s Shores

Discover more on this Borealis cruise about the impact of hostilities on the Southern islands of Britain, where the Garrison Walls of St. Mary’s hold a rich history spanning over 350 years. Although not directly involved in military action during World War Two, the Isles of Scilly provided a base for anti-submarine operations and naval training, so as to prevent western approaches to Britain. As Honfleur is strategically placed near to the English Channel, the town was under German control until it was liberated shortly after the D-Day landings – you can learn more about this momentous time on a tour to the D-Day Museum in Arromanches.

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Itinerary

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Life On Board

Introducing Borealis

Sister-ship to Bolette, Borealis is perfectly suited for enjoying scenic cruising of the world's lesser-known waterways. From cruising past remarkable landscapes and historical sites to capturing the beauty of the natural world. 

Borealis at sea at sunset
Borealis at sea at sunset

Borealis

Sister-ship to Bolette, Borealis is perfectly suited for taking guests on a journey around the globe, enabling more exploration in more exciting ports. Her smaller size, spacious public areas, open deck spaces and impressive array of restaurants make her perfect for longer voyages, and shorter journeys alike.

702 cabins
1,360 guests
662 crew
61,849 GT
25kts max speed
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Our Signature Experiences

To make your experience even more special, our Journey Planners have designed a unique programme of Signature Experiences which will allow you to discover real insights about the culture and nature of the places we are visiting, so you can arrive in each destination fully prepared to get the most out of your visit.

Itinerary Insights

We have carefully curated a programme of events to give you a deeper understanding of each of the destinations you will be visiting

Scenic Discoveries

Our Scenic Discoveries are designed to allow you to enjoy seeing the world from the unique perspective of our ships

The Ship and the Sea

Maritime is in our DNA - our history in shipping goes back almost 200 years

The Sky at Sea

There’s very little in the natural world more beautiful than a clear night sky, sunrise or sunset seen at sea

Treats of the Region

We love to bring a taste of the region's food, drink, local tastes and culinary traditions to life on board

Sample Shore Tours

At each port of call on your cruise, we carefully research and hand pick Shore Tour options for you, designed for you see as many of the world's best destinations as possible.

Below, you will find some sample Shore Tours which will give you an example of what to expect on your cruise. Your Shore Tours will be available to book approximately 8-13 weeks prior to departure via your My Cruises account.

Castle Cornet

Castle Cornet & Town Walk

Embark on a guided walking tour of St. Peter Port to Castle Cornet. Explore the castle nd it’s beautiful grounds whilst learning all about its history.

££££

St. Peter Port

Vazon Bay

La Valette Underground Museum

Visit La Valette Underground Museum and discover fascinating exhibitions and impressive collections of military and occupation memorabilia before continuing to Vazon Bay and Fort Hommet, to see one of the many coastal gun emplacements that remain today.

££££

St. Peter Port

Your Guest Speakers

We’ve arranged for some wonderful guest speakers to join us for this cruise. They will be delivering a programme of insightful talks and activities to deepen your cultural, artistic and historical understanding of the destinations we will be exploring, well as helping you to enjoy the natural beauty of the places we visit.

Isle of Guernsey Local

Anthony Court

Anthony moved to Guernsey in 2011 with his wife and is a Civil Servant in the States of Guernsey. He will be joining us alongside his wife, Katie, to provide an insight into the culture and local way of life of the places we will be visiting.

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Julie Ackroyd
History

Dr. Julie Ackroyd

As we explore France and the Channel Islands together, Historian Dr. Julie Ackroyd will be joining us on board to discuss the Scilly Isles’ history of being the country's southern defence and the Norman conquest in Honfleur.

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Isle of Guernsey Local

Katie Court

Katie was born and raised in Guernsey, and will be joining us along with her husband Anthony to provide an insight into the culture and local way of life of the islands we will be visiting.

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Treats & Pastimes

In addition to our Signature Experiences, we have a selection of lovely Treats & Pastimes for you to enjoy when on board. Just check your Daily Times each day for full details.

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Cabins, Prices & Offers

Cabin Options On Your Cruise

* Prices correct as of 22:00 21/02/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on two people sharing a twin cabin. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

* Prices correct as of 22:00 21/02/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

Borealis' Balcony Junior Suites have a private balcony and sitting/bedroom area.

Freedom Fare From £1,999 pp
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Balcony Junior Suite Wheelchair Adapted (BJD)

Borealis' Balcony Junior Adapted Suites have a balcony and sitting/bedroom area.

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Balcony Suite (BS)

Located on decks 6 & 7, Borealis' Balcony Suites have a private balcony.

Freedom Fare From £2,099 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

Borealis' Premier Suites are located on Deck 7, and have a private balcony.

Freedom Fare From £2,399 pp

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Premier Suite Wheelchair Adapted (PSD)

Borealis' Premier Adapted Suites are spacious and stylish, and located on deck 7.

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Olsen Suite (OW)

The Olsen Suite is the largest suite on Borealis, with a private balcony and sitting area.

Freedom Fare From £2,999 pp
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